2014-2015 Distinguished Lecture Series

he CS Department's Distinguished Lecture Series for 2014-2015 for presents four distinguished researchers in computer science: David Blei (Columbia), Peter Stone (U Texas Austin), Ricardo Bianchini (Rutgers), and Wu-chun Feng (Virginia Tech).

See the Lecture Series page for full information about the talks this year.

Christopher Vo on the Kojo Nnamdi Show

CS PhD student Christopher Vo, who is also the President of the DC Area Drone User's Group, spoke on WAU's Kojo Nnamdi Show about the present and future of drone technology.

GMU RoboCup Update

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RoboCup humanoid league group picture. GMU robots shown in the red box.

GMU successfully completed its "personal challenge task" at RoboCup: to teach its team how to play collective soccer from scratch during the preparation time at the competition venue, rather than program it. This makes GMU quite different from other teams at RoboCup. Fast Company has written an article on the GMU team, complete with pictures. GMU won two games and lost two, and advanced to the final 16 in the Kid-Size Humanoid League.

GMU Goes to RoboCup

GMU is entering a humanoid soccer team to RoboCup in Brazil. GMU's team is unusual in that its soccer behaviors aren't hard-coded, but are trained, on the spot, at the RoboCup competition by the students through demonstrations on the soccer field. The resulting trained robots are then entered into the competition.

AP Story on RoboCup, including GMU's entry.

Computer Science Departmental Awards 2014

On May 14th, the Computer Science Department celebrated the accomplishments of their students, faculty and staff at the 2014 Annual Computer Science Graduation Celebration and Awards Dinner. The dinner honored the academic achievement of graduating students and the outstanding work of CS faculty, staff and teaching assistants. Listed below are a few of the many recognized at the evening's ceremony. A complete list of all award winners can be found here.